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CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 1:00am EST
were told, well, we are trying to negotiate a deal on this fiscal cliff. the reality is that will there are few members of this house who probably are in discussions with the white house about trying to work out a deal, but the vast majority re, democrats and republicans, are being asked to do nothing. last night we came back and we voted on a -- to approve the journal, that's all we had to do last night. to approve the journal. we haven't re-authorized the violence against women act. we haven't extended middle class tax cuts. we haven't re-authorized the farm bill. i could go on and on, but we had to come back t vote on a -- have a journal vote last night. the time has come for us to get back to work. the election was clear. the election was clear. the views advocated by governor romney anti-republican majority were rejected. the president won comfortably, and we did -- democrats won more seats in the senate, we won more seats here in the house. i think it's a pretty clear message that the american people think that we ought to do what's right terms of balancing the budget and that is ask the donnell trumps of the world to pay a little bit more. we have already -- donald trumps of the world to pay a lit
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 1:00am EST
compromise. >> we will go around the former members of congress. do they cut a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff before we actually get there? >> i believe so. >> senator? >> yes. the treasury secretary says withholding taxes and does not have to raise them even if the taxes go up. why sequester does not have to be month by month. you can do the sequester in the last 12 months. he gives the congress four or five months into the next year before the house to reach a deal. >> they could kick the can down the road. who thinks the market will not let them do that? there will be punished. sooner rather than later, you think? we have not seen it so far. >> i am in the camp of, the herd will turn. erskine bowles was a famous line. we got away with this last time because we were the best-looking horse in the glue factory. we are not going to get a pass this time. there is no question. who will get punished. and that is very dangerous for everyone, all of us. >> it is great for me to remind you -- you can watch the president on bloomberg television shortly. he is going to be on at 12:30. thank you for a
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 8:00pm EST
portion of this hour talking about something that is on everybody's mind, the fiscal cliff. oh my goodness, the fiscal cliff is now just -- wow, 20 days away. so what are we going to do? some have suggested that we really have to deal with entitlements. and i'm here to agree that we can and we should deal with entitlements. certainly two of those issues, which i really don't think we ought to call entitlements but are fundamental programs here in america for americans, should be dealt with. one that some people want to put on the table really doesn't deal with the deficit at all, and that's social security. so before we even get into this discussion tonight, let's just understand or anybody that cares to take on this issue that in dealing with the fiscal cliff, social security is not the problem. the deficit is not caused by social security. social security has never been and in its present form, will not be part of the deficit issue. it's separate and apart. it is a special program. has its own source of revenue. has its own trust fund and isn't running the deficit at all and has not run a deficit. so let's put social security to the side and say, yes, in the years ahead, maybe even next year, but probably three to fou
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 1:00am EST
meeting. he said reaching a deal on the so-called fiscal cliff before christmas will be difficult, as house republicans have not offered any detailed proposals. his remarks are just over five minutes. >> i am sorry. start over again. speaker boehner said he is waiting on president obama to outline spending cuts. this is a kind of strange thing for the speaker to say. president obama outlined very specific cuts in his proposal to the republicans. republicans have not offered anything specific in cuts whatsoever. of course, nothing specific in revenue whatsoever. all generalizations. the republicans want more spending cuts. tell us what you want. that is what i say to them. we cannot read their minds. we are not going to make a proposal for them. republicans know perfectly well that democrats are willing to make tough choices on these issues, if they understand, which i hoped they do by now, we are going to look out for the middle class first. the only thing standing in the way of an agreement is republicans, their insistence on holding tax cuts for middle- class families hostage to
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 1:00am EST
-- build another fiscal cliff to put on pressure, which puts us right back where we are, or have a default mechanism which has policy set aside that both sides do not like. one thing about the baseline -- under current law, if the congress packed its bags right now and went away, at the end of the 10-year period our debt to gdp ratio would be under 1%. he would definitely solve the deficit problem. >> under 1%? >> i believe. >> the percentage of your debt -- not the deficit to gdp? >> debt to gdp. now, we do not want to get there that way. the same way we do not want to go over the fiscal class. the fiscal cliff is big austerity -- you get $7 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years. but you do not do it you really want to do it. when it comes to the baseline, you have to work together as part of an agreement to get to the right baseline. that does not mean it is not real world deficit-reduction. it is. does it mean it is better than current law? maybe not. but there is agreement that current law, including the fiscal cliff, is not the best way. >> we have our baseline. deficit
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 8:00pm EST
you have these offers viewed by each side as not serious, kind of like fiscal cliff bungee jumping. people jump in and spring back out. but i believe the odds are good that there will be some sort of deal before the cliff. >> let's get into the longer- term deal -- everyone believes entitlement reform and tax reform is going to take place in 2013, maybe 2014. but just in the short term, can the republicans, can enough republicans say, we do not like it, but we are going to go along for now with the 39.6% rate and come back with a promise of next year of trying to lower and broaden the base? >> i would much prefer that we do the kind of pro-growth reform that i laid out in a bill a few weeks ago, not thinking that this bill is going to become law, but a way to show a path forward with $4.5 trillion in savings. i think that in the event that the house feels that, when they see that the senate is obviously controlled by the democratic party, you have a democratic president, you basically have the president, let's face it, not being too pejorative, that has been a one trick pony. it has been the rate is all we have been talking about, really nothing else. in the event -- i think this is what tom
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2012 8:00pm EST
. during the course of that, we need to make sure we a avoid the fiscal cliff and we shouldn't be having this debt ceiling every nine months that does not contribute to market stability. if we're going to have a $4 trillion deal we need certainty in the taxes and the entitlement spending side. both of those things need to happen. markets need to be able to look at it and say it is for certain. when we do look at federal health spending i would like to see a short-term and long-term approach here. on the short-term side of this, there is only one way to get this thing done, it seems to me by december 31 and have any kind of market credibility to it. it needs to be hard and fast so people can look at it, i can calculate it and be sure it is there. if it is raising the eligibility age. i think all of those should be discussed. this is not just a decade issue, this is a second and third decade issue. all of those things ought to be implied. echoing comments that a number of folks have made, there needs to a long-term approach here. just like we were talking about on taxes we need to do something that is going to create a better system over time. we need to do the same thing when it comes to health care spending. the
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 6:00am EST
the fiscal cliff that the size of these asset purchases could, indeed, growth? you coined the phrase "fiscal cliff" and you think it is the most appropriate language to describe what may happen at the beginning of the year? some consumers think it may be alarming so do you think it is appropriate? >> if the economy went off the fiscal cliff, our assessment and the cbo assessment and outside forecasters think that would have a significant adverse effects on the economy and the unemployment rate. on the margin, we would try to do what we could. we could perhaps increase a bit. i want to be clear that we cannot offset the full impact of the fiscal cliff. it is just too big given the tools we have available and limitations on our policy tool kit at this point. as far as the terminology, people have different provinces about what they want to call things. i think it is a sensible term because i think that fiscal policy supporting -- supporting the economy, if it is not done, i think the economy will go off a cliff. i don't buy the idea that a short-term descent of the fiscal cliff would n
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